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Psycho (1960)

Ok, I mean, I’ve already seen this. Everyone has seen this. What I’m most surprised about right now is that they made a franchise out of it. I had no idea they did that. What happens is that a girl goes to, what I consider, a seedy motel, and the owner, Norman Bates, happens to be completely crazy. This movie is a suspenseful thriller, not horror or gore. It sets the tone for a lot of horror films down the line. It’s filmed in black and white, a detail I hate. It’s an Alfred Hitchcock film, so for an old movie, it’s good. Would I consider it a favorite? Not by a long shot.

Rating: C. Starring Janet Leigh, Jamie Lee Curtis’ mother!